Sian Parry Jones

In my personal Christmas disaster list earlier, I forgot to mention the various ailments that everyone seems to succumb to at that time of year. I think I might have blanked them from my mind…Anyway with the result that January always raises the intention of a good old detox.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself though, while you are doing without calories and alcohol (until Burns Night at least) you can still treat yourself in other ways.

A morning or afternoon at Fletchers Cottage Spa at Archerfield is the perfect antidote to the winter Blues – you can just drink in the interior design.

Reception 1

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview the instigator of the project. The styling of the interior is down to the vision of London based designer, Sian Parry Jones. We met at Fletchers over a coffee.

Sian Parry Jones

HI How did the project come about for you Sian?

SPJ I met the owner of Archerfield through mutual friends. He was keen to set up a spa in the complex, my original background is beauty and I have more recently project managed several property renovations, including my main family home, a converted barn in Somerset and a spa on stilts in a lagoon in Antigua. He liked my ideas and I was basically given a free reign to develop the building with a local building firm, Baseline Developments.

HI What was your inspiration for Fletchers?

SPJ Primarily old farm buildings, I was brought up on a smallholding and my brother owns a farm now. The surrounding East Lothian landscape was a major inspiration too and I wanted to use as many reclaimed, salvaged and natural materials as possible.

HI Tell us more about some of the materials you have used.

SPJ The corridors are lined with wooden potato crates from nearby farm, Luffness Mains. I was in a taxi to the airport and we passed a huge stack of them piled high. I asked the driver to stop right there and then and ran around, trying to get hold of the right person to speak to without missing my plane – quite a feat!

Potato crates

The mirrors in the manicure area are framed with old metal windows from a building in Paris.

Manicure area

HI Did you train in design?

SPJ No, when I left school I trained as a beauty therapist. I set up a salon in Bristol, which I soon sold in order to jump on a plane to the USA. I got a job working for Estee Lauder, returning to the UK to work for Yves St Laurent. I was then Sales Director for Aveda for many years, which involved working with partners to build lots of spa’s. Aveda was one of the leading environmental brands in those days, it was very ahead of its time when it was launched. To cut a long story short, I ended up Head of Personal Shopping at Harrods, developing their Concierge Service. I found I was putting together whole houses for clients, right down to the last teaspoon and that was my training.

HI What have you been working on since Fletchers?

SPJ A beautiful private home overlooking the coast in Jersey and a Cocktail Bar in Soho, called, by a strange coincidence, Archer Street…!

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The ‘Piste Bar’, downstairs at Archer Street
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Upstairs at Archer Street

You can definitely see a theme going here…

Fletcher’s Cottage Spa

Invited by my friend, Caroline, for an afternoon of total indulgence, to the new Spa at Archerfield, a local golf club, just along the coast from us. We nearly crucified ourselves carving out said afternoon, between various children’s winter coughs and colds, exam weeks, birthdays, xmas, not to mention husbands, work and housework (what’s that?), it was not easy. Thank goodness it was just me she invited – the thought of having to fit this afternoon around anyone else’s domestic schedule, just does not bear thinking about.

Anyway, we made it and what a wonderful afternoon we had. Stepping in to the glazed entrance, you were immediately transported to a wonderful world of flagstone flooring, salvaged and distressed wood, linen, logs, chalkiness and salt, yes, salt…complete with underfloor heating of course, with the odd bit of fur flung in…

The soporifically comfortable lounge

Hey…it’s a bit like my house?? Except a lot nicer!!

Designed by world renowned Spa expert Sian Parry Jones. Please, please, please can Sian come to my house and make it like Fletchers?? Every detail was beautiful.

A mirror made from an old Parisien window frame

Yes, I want my dressing table to be like this. And I want this box for my hairdryer…
and this very functional, very ‘industrial chic’ chair…Oh yes…and treatment room lined with salt tiles…

Go…find out more!

Fletcher’s Cottage Spa

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